When: April 24th - 27th
Location: Festival Grounds
Friday, March 1
VERVE Gallery of Photography, in collaboration with photo-eye Bookstore and Photolucida presents a book signing for Gallery Artist Jennifer B Hudson’s new publication, "Medic." This event will take place at photo-eye Bookstore on Friday, March 1, 5-7pm and the artist will be present.
As part of Photolucida's Critical Mass 2011, Jennifer B Hudson was awarded the prestigious monograph award and Photolucida published Jennifer’s book Medic. Over 200 jurors participate in Critical Mass, the juror pool comprised of 200 international photography curators, gallery owners, museum directors, publishers, and editors.
Medic is a snapshot of physically or spiritually ill humans and their relationships with themselves and others in times of need----- the images are metaphors exploring introspection, empathy and compassion. Jennifer Hudson explains:
“The work began wholly on one sentence whispered by my husband while we endured a deeply unsettling time together. He held my hand, lay close to me and said softly, "I just wish I could take the pain from your body, and put it into mine." I have been fortunate to know incredible love all my life, but at that moment I became suddenly and intensely aware of the magnificent power that exists between people who care for one another. When I was anxious and fighting to fall asleep each night, I began to invent miracle machines; contraptions that heal, deliver hope, legacy, remedy, and redemption. Each image from Medic is a thoughtful invention, strange and tender, revealing facets of the delicate human heart…. In the making of this work, I sought to begin to understand some of the most rare and beautiful relationships in the world, to expose their most frail, vulnerable moments, times of great intensity, and most cherished inner workings.”
In the ten isolated chamber scenes in the Medic body of work we are invited to witness emotional experiences, exchanges, and confrontations brought on by life’s transitory nature. In some chambers, we are invited to experience life-changing moments for persons with humbling choices. In other chambers, we see exchanges of affection, tenderness, connection, mercy and empathy. However, each chamber metaphorically explores the challenges to both individuals and human relationships during serious illness and their fantasizing for a “miracle machine, a contraption that heals”.
In spite of having been raised in a religious and conservative home in rural Texas, Jennifer Hudson grew up imaginative, curious, introspective and experimental. She uses her formative experiences to bring insight and awareness to her intensely personal artwork. Hudson is currently working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is an MFA Degree candidate at the University of New Mexico, in the Studio Art Photography Program. In addition to private portraiture commissions, she is an international speaker and lecturer sought out year after year by many professional public and private photographic organizations. Jennifer’s work has been a part of many exhibitions, and is represented by three major galleries across the country.